Since 1973, ODOT has administered State and Federal transit programs for the support and provision of public transportation services in Ohio. Fifty-nine transit systems receive technical, operating, capital and planning assistance through one or more of ODOT’s programs. The Office of Transit administers seven federal programs. In addition to providing daily technical assistance in the implementation of these programs, the Office of Transit’s activities include grant administration and contract processing.
ODOT provides funding for operating, planning and capital expenses. According to the Ohio Constitution, no state gasoline tax revenues can go to public transportation. Therefore, all state funding for transit is drawn from the General Revenue Fund.
The following programs receive federal funding:
- Rural Transit Program (RTP)
- Rural Intercity Bus (RICB)
- Specialized Transportation Program
- Ohio Mobility Management Program
- Buses and Bus Facilities
The following programs receive state funding:
- Urban Transit Program (UTP)
- Elderly and Disabled Transit Fare Assistance Program (E&D)
- Ohio Transit Partnership Program (OTP2)
Download Transit Funding Cycle Graphic PDF
For detailed information about each program, click on the corresponding card title.
Transit Procurement Opportunities
Procurement solicitations from ODOT Transit and Ohio’s rural transit agencies.
Buses & Bus Facilities Program
Provides federal funds to assist with the purchase of capital assets for public transit systems in rural areas.
Elderly & Disabled (E&D) Transit Fare Assistance Program
Provides grants to reimburse eligible public transportation systems that offer reduced fares to elderly and disabled riders.
Federal transit funding for local and regional mobility management projects.
Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program
Program comprises Urban Tranist Program and Rural Transit Program.
Ohio Transit Partnership Program
Provides funds to rural or urban transportation systems with an emphasis on, but not limited to, preservation projects.
Rural Intercity Bus Program
Supports projects that provide transportation between non-urbanized and urbanized areas.
Rural Transit Program
Provides state assistance to general public transportation services in rural areas.
Specialized Transportation Program (5310)
Provides federal funds for transit projects intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Urban Transit Program (UTP)
Encompasses funding administered for transit service in Ohio's urbanized areas with populations of 50,000 or more.